One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Bullein (c1515–1576), physician. From mercury + sublimate, after post-classical Latin mercurius sublimatus; compare also post-classical Latin argentum vivum sublimatum.
mercury sublimate/ˌməːkjʊri ˈsʌblɪmeɪt/
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.